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New Yorker Magazine

Why?

I was waiting patiently in a doctor’s office when I spied one of those New Yorker magazines that has all the cartoons. Pictured at the bottom of one page was a drawing of a mother and son talking on the couch  in their living room. The boy asked, ”Why…”, ”Why…”, ”Why…” The mother thoughtfully gave…

Spring has arrived at Eastwood Baptist!

“After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden…” John 18:1   We’re standing on the Mount of Olives, looking at the City of Jerusalem. The area between us is part of the Kidron Valley, an area Jesus passed through…

Cliffs

Cliffs

I’ve actually gone over a couple cliffs in my life, once in scouting and once at a training event for seminarian field education supervisors. I always had a harness, a rope, a helmut, and a safety line. And even with all that, it still felt like a life threatening moment as I would make my…

Oh God!!!

Ann Lamont recounts a conversation she had with her son in her recent book, Thanks, Help, Wow . He had been thinking about the name “God”.  He explained: I know why we call God, “God”. Whenever you see or do something really great, you say “God”.   I remember an old Christian rocker from the…

Old Faithful

Last week, we stayed outside the Grand Teton National Park near Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Yellowstone was a few hours away, so we decided to take the bus tour to see Old Faithful. I was there when I was 13 years old and the memory I still carry is the smell of sulfur. Fortunately, I have…